Meet the Artist | Luke Pelletier

RVCA is glad to work with Los Angeles - based artist Luke Pelletier for our latest RVCA Platform tee and more projects to come. Luke grew up in western North Carolina and graduated with a BFA in fine art from SAIC in 2015. Much of Luke's art blurs the lines between celebrating and condemning a culture that agrees to be taken advantage of while it takes advantage of others. His art is filled with personal anecdotes, dark humor, dualities, contradictions, repetition, and scenes of paradise that are simultaneously pristine and decaying.

Enjoy a small sampling of Luke's work below and check out his limited edition RVCA Platform Tee here. Stay tuned for more projects with Luke Pelletier in the near future!

Teen Angels | The Exhibition

RVCA was glad to support 'Teen Angels', the Exhibition this past weekend at the LA Art Book Fair. Highlighting the work of Teen Angel and the magazine he created, the exhibition was a hit for many in attendance, especially those inspired and invested in Lowrider and Cholo Culture from the 80's, 90's, and to present day. Check out photos from the exhibition opening and our weekend at the Book Fair below by Morgnar.

Check out the RVCA x Teen Angels Tees from the exhibition opening, available here.

About Teen Angel:

Teen Angel began working working full-time as an artist and writer for Lowrider Magazine in 1977. His art graced the pages regularly and soon after became well-known as ‘The Lowrider Artist’, depicting the Lowrider lifestyle in a fun, whimsical way at a time where that culture was not accepted amongst mainstream society. In 1981 he ventured into publishing on his own and started Teen Angels Magazine; with no constraints, he was able to create the magazine as he wanted featuring artwork, dedications, photo- graphs, poems, and articles all focusing on life in the streets of the Varrios of California and the Southwest. The magazine gave voice to a wide swath of young Chicanos, from the gangsters in prison to the young girls looking for love. Where others saw blight and despair, Teen Angel saw beauty and life. Rejected by larger chain stores, the only place to find Teen Angels Magazine was in liquor stores and small mom-and-pop markets in the ‘hood’. He went on to create over 200 issues which today are highly collectable due to their rarity. Teen Angel passed away in early 2015 but his legacy lives on.

Baywash Magazine | Launch Night

Baywash Magazine is the brainchild of RVCA Advocates Raf & Ari 'Rookie' Browne. Both born & bred in Byron Bay, they have a distinct outlook on all the happenings of Byron Bay. Last night marked the official launch of the Baywash Magazine as Rookie premiered his latest edit from Bali. Check out photos below from the night and the edit.

Photos: Tom Norton

Special Thanks: Onboard Surf & Corona.

About Baywash Magazine: Baywash Magazine is a satirical absurd non-professional free periodical. The aim is to present local lighthearted dis-information and facilitate access to humour and art. In terms of design and style it appropriates imagery from the 90s pop culture classic BayWatch. A sensationalised beach drama overly concerned with beauty in a town similar to Byron.

Hidden beneath the corporate guise of Byron Bay is a thriving eclectic surfing community. It's a hot spot attracting the worlds elite and eccentric and everyone in between. The magazine aims to deliver whimsical perspectives, conspiracies and stories from inside this subculture.

It truly is Byron Bays worst magazine.

Shop Baywash Magazine Collection

RVCAloha | Episode 7

This winter on the North Shore for RVCAloha was one for the books. Hit play and look back on the fruits of a winter in paradise for the RVCA Surf Crew.

Video by Etienne Aurelius.

Ricky Basnett | JBay

Watch RVCA Advocate and South African Native Ricky Basnett tear up a couple clean walls during a beautiful day at Jeffery's Bay.

LA Art Book Fair

RVCA is glad to support a handful of happenings this weekend at the LA Art Book Fair! Mostly, we are proud to support the Teen Angels Exhibition, the release of our latest ANP Quarterly Print Issue, along with a couple of shows and projects from artists and friends of RVCA.

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